EDO GOVERNOR OBASEKI TO ESTABLISH RANCHES FOR HERDSMEN

FILE PHOTO: A herdsman in Nigeria

Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo said on Saturday that the establishment of ranches would address the security challenges posed by the activities of herdsmen in the state.

Obaseki told some agro-allied investors at the on-going Edo Agribusiness Workshop in Benin, that the ranches would be another source of income to the government.

The governor said that the initiative would not only ensure the safety of farmers and farm produce but also provide jobs and income.

“I would like us in the state to have at least one ranch in each local government; that will seem to address the issue of the alleged notorious activities of cattle herdsmen in parts of the state.

“Since the truth is that people are just looking for grazing land, so why not let’s organise it properly and make money out of it.

“I think it is one proposal we will look at, I think it will be cheaper than doing modern moats around our farms.

“It is an issue of concern and I think we should seriously look at creating ranches for grazing across the breadth of the state as an option”, Obaseki said.

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